Six states set turnout records on Tuesday: Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
With the exception of Florida, all solid Republican states.
I’ve already noted that the “median voter” presumption beloved of mainstream political analysts–the presumption that reaching swing voters in the center is the only way to win a presidential election–should get its flabby throat slit once and for all.
What else does this fact suggest?
That the Evangelical Christian political machine has come of age as a crucial structural feature of our body politic–doing all the things that unions do so well: educating members about which candidates think their way; identifying loyal voters among their constituency; and, in a relentlessly nuts-and-bolts kind of way, getting them to the polls on election day.
And that the decline of union density in the United States was a crucial, crucial, crucial factor in Tuesday’s defeat.
Evangelical voters who are members of unions still vote Democratic. It’s just that there are fewer and fewer of them every year, because of Republican policies that make it harder and harder to join and form a union every year.
The Republicans have built a machine, while dismantling the other side’s machine.